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Match awards from Germany’s 1:1 draw against Serbia

It was supposed to be a friendly game, but in reality it was far from it. Lots of foul play and in the very end we witnessed a direct red card!

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Tonight’s game marked a new era of Die Mannschaft under Jogi Löw, but the team did not satisfy high expectations. In the first half, Serbia could have easily scored three or more goals but failed to do so. Germany struggled to create chances in the first half, but in the second half, we saw the other side of Germany’s national team. They had good chances, but in the end, were not lucky enough to put more than one goal behind goalkeeper’s back. Here are the match awards from the (un)friendly game!

Jersey Swap: Marko Dmitrović

The goalkeeper was really good today. He stood out in Serbia’s team today with few decisive saves that helped his team keep the score at 1:1. His most prominent save was after Leroy Sane’s distant shot in the bottom right corner. Another key player for Serbs today was none other than Luka Jović. It took him just 12 minutes to score on his debut for Serbia.

Golf Clap: Ilkay Gundogan

In the first half, he was probably one of few German players who kept creating chances and continued to do so till the last whistle. He had a decent game tonight and was the key for Germany’s transition for the attack. He had a few notable passes and good chances. He had a good partner in Joshua Kimmich today.

Tip of the Cap: Marco Reus

When he came on in the 46th minute as a substitute for Kai Havertz, things started to change for the better for Germany. He was a direct influence in attack and immediately found himself in dangerous situations in the penalty area. He assisted to Leon Goretzka’s marvelous goal. Until the end, he was a persistent threat to the Serbs.

Standing Ovation: Leon Goretzka

Goretzka continued with his great performances tonight and was a super-sub for Löw. He scored the only goal for Germany tonight after a brilliant touch and after that a precise shot to the left upper part of the goal. He was vital for transitioning from midfield-to-attack tonight and managed to liven up the game with his entrance. He found himself in a few other dangerous situations, but couldn’t best Dmitrović.

Meister of the Match: Leroy Sané

He was probably one of the brightest spots of Germany’s team tonight. From start to finish he gave his all to score but was unlucky in the end. His partnership with Reus was a very pleasant one. Sané seems to have picked up a knock after a harsh tackle by Milan Pavkov. Hopefully, it won’t be anything serious.

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